Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Google Walkout: A Momentary Farce

 

If one just skimmed headlines, one might get the impression that something monumental is happening at Google, one of the most powerful tech giants in the world. Don’t get your hopes up. On closer inspection, the walkout of a few thousand employees is really more identity politics and victimization theater and is yet another example of the histrionics of pampered Leftist employees who work at one of the many preschool-styled Google corporate country clubs convinced that they are continually being oppressed – because that’s what their own HR department has been telling them for years.

One need only examine the demands of the savagely oppressed Googlers to see the farcical elements of this demonstration:

1. Protesters want a blanket end of forced arbitration for harassment and discrimination claims, as well as the ability for Google employees to bring a colleague or supporter when meeting with HR.

And possibly bring a blanket as well as an emotional support animal (i.e., bunny, squirrel, ferret). Just trying to be helpful. Clearly this demand indicates that Google’s HR meetings with individual employees are rather fascistic and oppressive … which actually may be the case.

2. A commitment to end pay and opportunity inequity and to “make sure there are women of color” at every level of Google, and the release of transparent data on the “gender, race and ethnicity compensation gap.” Such data must also include promotion rates, the handling of leaves and inequity in project and so-called job ladder opportunities.

Clearly a pigment that’s a blend of light cream with subtle shades of tan does not qualify as “color” as defined by the oppressed so obsessed with identity politics. Note that the Google LGBT community (Gayglers) continues to be marginalized; as well as Otherkin (see image) who identify as animals. It’s quite apparent that these other groups – so often ignored – don’t have adequate representation to advance their demands and seek social justice within this company. I smell a class-action lawsuit…well, I smell something anyway. Maybe one of the Otherkin isn’t house-trained.

3. A public sexual harassment transparency report that includes the number of claims at Google over time and by product area, the types of claims, as well as how many victims and accused have left the tech giant and any exit packages and their value.

I’m surprised the California State Legislature hasn’t made that a law by now.

4. A clear, inclusive process for reporting sexual misconduct safely and anonymously that is accessible for all Google employees.

Ah yes, anonymous accusations of sexual misconduct. What could possibly go wrong? Can someone check the visitors’ log to see if Michael Avenatti has been lurking about on the Google campus?

5. Elevate the company’s Chief Diversity Chief, Danielle Brown, to answer directly to the chief executive officer and make recommendations directly to the board of directors, appoint an employee representative to the board, with both the head of diversity and the employee rep working to “allocate permanent resources” for the protesters first four demands.

And no, the Chief Diversity Chief doesn’t presently work in the Department of Redundancy Department. I think this demand doesn’t go far enough. The Chief Diversity Chief should really be the CEO. Of course, then the title should be Chief Diversity Chief Chief Executive Officer. I realize that’s a whole lot of chiefs but I want to make Elizabeth Warren happy.

In all seriousness – this is a clear indication of the identity politics snake eating itself…or in this case, beginning to nibble on itself because Google’s woke executives are likely to cave on all of these demands so they can publicly demonstrate their wokeness, wokieness … whatever.

By accepting the demands, Google CEO Sundar Pichai also solidifies his position as a man who protects women at the company (as offensive as some women may find that) as he did when he fired that mean white kid, James Damore who wrote a document that hurt the feelings of numerous women at Google. Unfortunately for Pichai however, he is still a prime example of the tyrannical patriarchy and may want to consider a sex-change operation, or articulate that he is now identifying as a woman of color, or stepping down so a woman of color can rightfully take his place. Clearly that would be the fair and just thing to do…that is until Google Otherkin walkout … or go for walkies … or whatever.

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  1. Juliana Member

    Sounds to me like they want to unionize. Go for it. They can try to put all those demands (including the blankies and play-doh) in a negotiated contract that covers all employees. Good luck with that.

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    • November 1, 2018, at 10:25 AM PDT
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  2. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Way to go, Pichai. You hired nothing but snowflakes, and now winter is coming.

    • #2
    • November 1, 2018, at 10:29 AM PDT
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  3. DrewInWisconsin Doesn't C… Coolidge

    1. Protesters want a blanket end of forced arbitration for harassment and discrimination claims, as well as the ability for Google employees to bring a colleague or supporter when meeting with HR.

    FTFY.

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    • November 1, 2018, at 10:49 AM PDT
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  4. DrewInWisconsin Doesn't C… Coolidge

    Brian Watt: Clearly a pigment that’s a blend of light cream with subtle shades of tan does not qualify as “color” as defined by the oppressed so obsessed with identity politics.

    White people are a pigment of your imagination.

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    • November 1, 2018, at 10:51 AM PDT
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  5. blank generation member Inactive

    Waiting for the day, wherever they all end up, when they sue for age discrimination.

    • #5
    • November 1, 2018, at 10:52 AM PDT
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  6. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    They should place a sign in front of the building. “Whites need not apply.”

    • #6
    • November 1, 2018, at 11:22 AM PDT
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  7. Doug Watt Moderator

    Wow, the battle of the Have’s versus the Have A Lot’s. It’s amazing they have so much virtue left as they support the Send A Chinese Dissident to Camp Program by building the Chinese government a better search engine.

    • #7
    • November 1, 2018, at 11:26 AM PDT
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  8. Full Size Tabby Member

    Doug Watt (View Comment):
    Wow, the battle of the Have’s versus the Have A Lot’s.

    Good point. I don’t know what working day-to-day at Google is. That the company apparently pays high wages may indicate that it’s a terrible place to work, but a lot of people seem to want to work there, and the company seems to have its choice of employees. So,, unless something really dastardly is being well hidden, people who have landed a job at Google have landed pretty high on the scale of “good jobs to have.” 

    Rather like the “Occupy” movement of a few years ago. Although presented as the 99% vs. the 1%, their claims were really about the top 5% vs. the top 0.1%.

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    • November 1, 2018, at 11:39 AM PDT
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  9. Full Size Tabby Member

    Brian Watt: By accepting the demands, Google CEO Sundar Pichai also solidifies his position as a man who protects women at the company (as offensive as some women may find that) as he did when he fired that mean white kid, James Damore who wrote a document that hurt the feelings of numerous women children who couldn’t or wouldn’t read the document at Google.

    Editorial suggestion to make your interesting post more factual.

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    • November 1, 2018, at 11:41 AM PDT
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  10. Fritz Member

    What a bunch of whiny babies.

    • #10
    • November 1, 2018, at 12:13 PM PDT
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  11. Sisyphus (hears Xi laughing) Coolidge
    Sisyphus (hears Xi laughing) Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    A new Zooom Eight Billion Spatula awaits each of these sad, sad put upon people at a nearby McDonalds.

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    • November 1, 2018, at 12:42 PM PDT
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  12. DrewInWisconsin Doesn't C… Coolidge

    Sisyphus (View Comment):

    A new Zooom Eight Billion Spatula awaits each of these sad, sad put upon people at a nearby McDonalds.

    Unfortunately, they helped agitate for a $15.00 minimum wage, and all their McDonalds are staffed by robots.

     

    • #12
    • November 1, 2018, at 12:49 PM PDT
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  13. MarciN Member

    Brian Watt: as well as the ability for Google employees to bring a colleague or supporter when meeting with HR.

    This strikes me as a good idea, especially for someone accused. 

    But the rest of the items listed are dumb, as you have said so well. 

    Great post. 

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    • November 1, 2018, at 1:09 PM PDT
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  14. Bullwinkle Member

    I feel the need to mention an important point. Although I agree that most of the points in this letter are silly at best, and dangerous at worst, the proximate cause of the walkout was a troubling incident involving Google. Andy Rubin (creator of Android) was involved in an alleged sexual harassment situation (possibly situations) which was covered up by Google, and then allowed to resign with a $90 million severance package. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/25/google-paid-andy-rubin-90-million-exit-package-despite-misconduct-nyt.html. 

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    • November 1, 2018, at 6:38 PM PDT
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  15. Brian Watt Member
    Brian Watt Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Bullwinkle (View Comment):

    I feel the need to mention an important point. Although I agree that most of the points in this letter are silly at best, and dangerous at worst, the proximate cause of the walkout was a troubling incident involving Google. Andy Rubin (creator of Android) was involved in an alleged sexual harassment situation (possibly situations) which was covered up by Google, and then allowed to resign with a $90 million severance package. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/25/google-paid-andy-rubin-90-million-exit-package-despite-misconduct-nyt.html.

    Thanks. Serves me right for not second sourcing the story. 

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    • November 1, 2018, at 8:14 PM PDT
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  16. TBA Coolidge
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    Fritz (View Comment):

    What a bunch of whiny babies.

    Hush, or you’ll make them cry more. 

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    • November 1, 2018, at 8:48 PM PDT
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  17. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge

    The only group of humans that has been consistently oppressed has been older people. Google doesn’t have any.

    For instance doing a google search:

    People also ask —

    Entry One: What is the average age of a Google employee? Google’s average employee is 29 years old, similar to other tech companies, according to the Payscale data the lawsuit refers to, and to investment banks and consultancies. The median age of US workers in 2013 was 42.4.Apr 24, 2015

    Entry Two: A 64-year-old engineer is suing Google for age discrimination — Quartz

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    • November 1, 2018, at 10:14 PM PDT
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  18. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge

    This makes me want to never, ever, use google. If I can.

    Also, we need a war. We need a few people to shove in front of us while we’re re-loading.

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    • November 2, 2018, at 3:42 AM PDT
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  19. JuliaBlaschke Coolidge

    I think that Google was happy to see them walk out and was hoping they wouldn’t come back.

    • #19
    • November 2, 2018, at 5:00 AM PDT
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  20. Mrs. Ink Member

    Bullwinkle (View Comment):

    I feel the need to mention an important point. Although I agree that most of the points in this letter are silly at best, and dangerous at worst, the proximate cause of the walkout was a troubling incident involving Google. Andy Rubin (creator of Android) was involved in an alleged sexual harassment situation (possibly situations) which was covered up by Google, and then allowed to resign with a $90 million severance package. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/25/google-paid-andy-rubin-90-million-exit-package-despite-misconduct-nyt.html.

    I have no idea if the alleged sexual harassment occurred, and, because there was no due process, neither does any one else. 

    This is the trouble with punishment by accusation. For all we know, Rubin was accused by people who just didn’t like him, or who envied his success. Or he is a sexual predator, now free to continue to assault people. This is yet another example of why the rule of law is important, and why those who don’t respect it (I am looking at you Google, and at you, Google employees) are stupid.

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    • November 2, 2018, at 9:30 AM PDT
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  21. Joseph Stanko Coolidge
    Joseph Stanko Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Chris Campion (View Comment):
    This makes me want to never, ever, use google. If I can.

    I changed the default search engine on all my browsers to DuckDuckGo years ago.

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    • November 2, 2018, at 11:34 PM PDT
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  22. kidCoder Member

    Juliana (View Comment):

    Sounds to me like they want to unionize. Go for it. They can try to put all those demands (including the blankies and play-doh) in a negotiated contract that covers all employees. Good luck with that.

    Sadly this would mean software employees would unionize, which might cut down my job prospects significantly if it became the norm.

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    • November 3, 2018, at 8:21 PM PDT
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